Flash frozen samples of normal human blood were cryosectioned and cryodried for electron probe x-ray microanalysis of the concentration of ions and elements in individual erythrocytes (RBCs). The data (expressed in mM/kg dry weight) demonstrated a systematic pattern of variation between the concentration of ions and elements in the RBCs. Specifically as K+ and Cl decreased in concentration, Ca2+ and sulfur increased in concentration. Phosphorous, Na+ and Mg2+ did not demonstrate a significant pattern of change. These findings are related to the dehydration and to the volume decrease that accompanies senescence of the RBC.
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- Cell Biology